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Five chase St Pancras CTRL prize

FIVE firms are bidding to carry out work at St Pancras railway station in London as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project.

Contract 104 is worth up to £100 million and involves staged signalling works and modifications to existing railway infrastructure at the station, which will eventually become the central London terminus for the £4.2 billion link.

The five bidders for the section two (Fawkham Junction-St Pancras) deal are: Amec Spie; an Amey/CSEE/D&G joint venture; Balfour Beatty; Carillion and a Jarvis/Alfred McAlpine/Adtranz joint venture.

Rail Link Engineering is planning to appoint a preferred bidder by the middle of the year. Construction work on section two is scheduled to start next year.

Amec has won the first contract for preliminary works on section two of the CTRL. Work on the £1 million deal begins next month and includes building crossings at Barking, Essex.